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ACPET National Monday Update 15 December 2014

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Lies Damn Lies and statistics Edition 584, 15 Dec

It is time in the current public critique to reflect on a training system’s fit for purpose.

While we all have our own views on this dimension, we must first look at the data. The latest fun facts from my good friends at NCVER include:

  • 87.9% of VET graduates are employed or are in further study,
  • 82.4% of graduates fully or partially achieved their reason for study,
  • 87.6% are satisfied with their training,
  • 89.9% are satisfied with teaching, and
  • 89.1% are satisfied with assessment.

If we ponder these results for a moment, it is difficult to conclude anything except the sector is performing. There are of course some statistics that show a different trend.  13.6% of graduates from government-funded private providers reported that they had moved into higher-skilled employment, compared to 25.2% five years ago. The TAFE result in this category also fell by around 10% over the same period.

Is this the result of poor training? Inappropriate student recruitment would impact on these figures. However, NCVER itself comments that “Employment outcomes have deteriorated since 2009, most noticeably in Victoria and South Australia, where they have been affected by the high dollar and where manufacturing has subsided”…. Read more

National

ACPET-TAS nominated for EPA Sustainability Award Edition 584, 15 Dec

Congratulations ACPET-TAS on your nomination for the EPA Sustainability Award This Award recognises businesses and organisations that share a passion and commitment for sustainability and the reduction of environmental impacts on their business and the community. Submissions were for a project or… Read more

USI – streamlining student records for the future Edition 584, 15 Dec

USIs are not required before 1 January 2015! But it makes sense to get ready for your student enrolments and reporting now. From 1 January 2015, the USI will become the key building block that supports more targeted training for the needs of Australian industry. To help achieve this, students enro… Read more

Australian Alumni Excellence Awards – Bangladesh 2015 Edition 584, 15 Dec

Dhaka, Bangladesh 21 January 2015 Austrade Dhaka invites Australian education and training institutions to put forward nominations for the Australian Alumni Excellence Awards to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Awards will be presented to Bangladeshi alumni who have studied in Australia and have ex… Read more

A word from The Honourable Adrian Piccoli, NSW Minister for Education Edition 584, 15 Dec

January 1, 2015 will see the Smart and Skilled reform package go live in NSW. Our continued advocacy has led the NSW Minister for Education to write directly to ACPET members. Please click here to read his letter…. Read more

The Perfect Storm – Our Roles in Positive Engagement Edition 584, 15 Dec

The media plays an important role in reporting the news and in shaping public opinion. At the moment, we all experience some frustration that most reporting in national media has been negative. Stories questioning the integrity of private educators and challenging their quality are frequent. Inappr… Read more

ACPET member Quality Training raises funds for Charity Edition 584, 15 Dec

ACPET Member Quality Training and Hospitality together with their international students held a fundraising dinner at the Adelaide Zoo last month and raised over $62,900 for the Charity ‘Still Aware’. ‘Still Aware’ raises community awareness about the tragic event of the more than… Read more

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